MAK­ING AN AU­TUMN WREATH

Country Living (UK) - - Seasonal Inspiration -

Cre­ate a nat­u­ral wreath base by twist­ing long bendy, leaf­less stems of wis­te­ria, willow, dog­wood or sim­i­lar into a cir­cle. For for­aged in­gre­di­ents, check what is avail­able to col­lect on walks around your lo­cal area. I used a se­lec­tion of branches, in­clud­ing wild red crab ap­ple (sim­i­lar to Malus ro­busta ‘Red Sen­tinel’), or­na­men­tal grape vine (Partheno­cis­sus quin­que­fo­lia), na­tive hawthorn (Cratae­gus monog­yna) and black­thorn (Prunus spinosa), with its dark sloe berries. Ar­range three to four stems of each to­gether with a few dried fern leaves in a semi-cir­cle on the wreath base and se­cure with wire or twine. Add home-grown pro­duce from your gar­den or al­lot­ment: I picked hops, pur­ple per­illa, dill flow­ers, flow­er­ing stems of chard and seed pods of red orach and rocket. Th­ese will cre­ate an­other layer of in­ter­est and tex­ture.

For that boun­ti­ful au­tumn feel, add brightly coloured dahlias, ar­ti­choke heads, mini pump­kins or other small yet or­na­men­tal veg­eta­bles and fresh or dried hy­drangea flow­ers. The stems of th­ese can be in­serted through the wreath. Use wire or twine to fix them into place. To pro­long the life of your fresh blooms, insert their stems into small plas­tic tubes filled with wa­ter when at­tach­ing them to the wreath.

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